Skip to main content

Their American Idol?




The recently-concluded Season 11 of American Idol has made US immigrants -- Filipinos and Latinos alike --more reflective and assertive. However, the turnout of events only indicates that American Idol is truly a search for the 'American idol.'

On Wednesday night of May 23rd (Eastern Daylight Saving Time), all eyes and ears were tuned on the television. This date was the grand finale and announcement night of the new American Idol. I couldn't figure out the energy of the Filipinos, each casting a maximum of 50 votes on Facebook and 100 votes on the phone a day before.

At 9:58pm, the winner was announced. Phillip Phillips, a white guy with a guitar (WGWG), won over Jessica Sanchez, a 16-year old half-Latina, half-Filipina young lady from California whose influence has reached the farthest end of the world. Phillip received the larger slice of the pie consisting of an estimated 132 million votes.

I was holding my laptop at the finale time, trying to track breaking news, trends, and buzzes on Facebook and Twitter. Social Media is physically inaudible, but I seemingly could almost feel and hear how it cut through the pandemonium that took place: no rant, no ovation -- just silence in the social media. The 'silence' lasted for minutes. There were bits and pieces of statuses, but they were not as loud as involving congratulatory messages, fan shoutouts, exclamation marks, and animated smileys. I checked on the AI site and what I got were nasty haters' comments from both sides.

What Went Wrong?

Nothing actually went wrong. Jessica's performance was astounding. To borrow Disney's favorite byword, her performance was "shining, shimmering, splendid!"

However, American Idol is a contest that is meant only for the Caucasian American -- without slur or offense. Richard Rushfield, author of the book 'American Idol: The Untold Story,' has emphasized that for several seasons, AI's winning icon is represented by a WGWG. There have been attempts of minorities with prolific voices in the past: Jennifer Hudson, Jasmin Trias, David Archuleta -- but they all ended as runners up.

'The Judges Know Best'

I don't mean saying Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson, and Steven Tyler, know who made the greatest performance. Rather, they knew who needed to win as an icon -- not necessarily based on tough criteria. They know that it will preserve their dignity, morality, and reputation in the entertainment industry. They are accountable to the traditionally dominant Caucasian country-loving folks who will do everything to preserve an institutionalized structure that has been maintained for generations. It is sad to accept that even the judges of one of America's top-rated shows are subject to the will of the prevailing structure.

The only thought that came to mind after the announcement was embedded in my FB status: 'JLo and Randy Jackson need to resign  from AI because they have lost their relevance.'

A Night of Great Entertainment

Below are bits and pieces that made the night...





Phillip Phillips, 2012 American Idol






Jessica Sanchez singing her unique version of 'The Prayer'




Jessica Sanchez and the legendary Jennifer Holliday in their unforgettable duet

Comments

Love original abstract paintings that fit your personality?
Check MFernandezART.com for a wide array of options.

Popular posts from this blog

Five Great Brain Exercise Apps for Avoiding Alzheimer's Disease

Five Great Brain Exercise Apps for Avoiding Alzheimer's Disease
I always thought that I had a high capacity for recalling things. In fact, I could vividly describe what happened when I was a small child, the addresses of places I lived in my lifetime, etc..

However, as I age, there are things that I could easily forget. In one workshop, while in the middle of my group's brainstorming, I was leading a discussion flow and was writing a term on the poster board. Lo and behold, I could not remember the correct spelling that very common word! What a real embarrassment.


This and many other situations led me to exploring how to handle and manage my condition. I was caught in great fear because of researches nowadays that reveal how the early onset of Alzheimer's disease is emerging in people age 40 and above (now you know I'm part of the age group!).

My constant exploration brought me to these top five mobile and portable device apps that anyone like me can use to train the …

The Day I Fell In Love with Onara

No, don't think that way. Onara is not a human being. It is a song.

This song is closely associated with the globally-acclaimed Korean television drama series that earned so much respect, was dubbed in different languages, and whose theme song and soundtrack were adopted for grand operas and philharmonic performances.

Jewel in the Palace, starred by Lee Young Ai, is based on the story of Korean historical personality Dae Jang Geum (literally "The Great Jang Geum"), an orphaned palace kitchen maid who went on to become the king's first female physician. In a time when women held little influence in society, young apprentice cook Jang Geum strove to learn the secrets of Korean cooking and medicine in order to cure the King of his various ailments. It is based on the true story of Jang Geum, the first female royal physician of the Joseon Dynasty. The main themes are her perseverance and the portrayal of traditional Korean culture, including Korean royal court cuisine an…

Southwest Shrimp Fettuccine at Applebee's: Does it taste the way it sounds?

Liaa turned 10 today. Because it's her birthday, she had the liberty to choose where the final dinner destination would be. She decided to give Applebee's a try. We agreed. After all, it's just in the neighborhood. The rest (probably) had a great time. Since I was the typical 'fun killer,' I had my share of the night again.

At first the waiter served us a mountain load of chips and dip for our order of supposedly an appetizer sampler. As soon as the order touched our table, we hurriedly dipped and messed with the appetizer. A couple of minutes have passed, and the waiter probably realized he committed sin against his hungry guests. At a lightning speed, he snatched the platter and without any apology, he told us that it's not what we ordered. Minus two stars for being a moron!

Fifteen minutes and a few dips of chips in a spinach cream after, the main course came. My order was a grand-sounding Southwest Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo. It looked good on the menu. But …

Wowowee and Pinoy Mentality

Several days ago, a chatmate in the Middle East left me without a warning because "it's Wowowee time".

Now I realize even TFC-North America has THREE daily airing schedules of Wowowee!

What is happening to us? Na unsa na man ta ani oi? says a Visayan friend.

The Pinoys all over the world have been hooked into what we call back home as a "noontime show mentality". Everyone is rushing to the screen, not bothered by hectic schedules. No one wants to miss Wowowee. What is in Wowowee? If we dissect the program, we would be able to categorize details into interesting chunks: a male host singing a variety of Lito Camu compositions, gorgeous and sexy co-hosts doing stints of slang and mispronounced words, a co-host comedienne fluterring her daily outrageous fashion statement and popular lines like "Habang may buhay, may Arabo!", sexy dancers doing roundabouts of risky steps, and a lot of games that benefit the "poor but deserving".

If we only take a…

Li'l Wayne Music, SAT scores, and Success in Life

I always bother myself with the thought that many of my students won't be able to go to college. I believe that their disabilities are a culprit, but I wanted to know if there are other factors that aggravate the situation.

In one of my online moments, I bumped into a research conducted by California Tech PhD student Virgil Griffith. He collected favorite music of college students using their universities' Network Statistics page on Facebook. Then he looked at the average SAT/ACT score from CollegeBoard for students attending every college. Critics of the study claim that it is 'unscientific' because of the method and the source (Facebook), but I found it to be an essential source of understanding of how my students behave, what kinds of music they listen to, and the effect of this music in their struggle toward educational success.

In the study, Griffith included 133 most favorite music that appeared on Facebook and considered a variety of genre, including Hip Hop, R &…